During Heli Expo, Turbomeca (Safran) and Avincis Group are pleased to announce the signature of a support agreement that covers engines operated by Inaer, Bond Air Services, Bond Offshore Helicopters and Australian Helicopters. This agreement recognizes the strengthening relationship between Avincis and Turbomeca and the desire by both parties to forge a greater partnership for the future.
This agreement includes the incorporation into Turbomeca’s Support By the Hour (SBH®) programme for the Inaer fleet in addition to the Bond fleet, which already benefits from the SBH® service. The agreement now covers approximately 180 engines of which there are 14 different engine variants.
Avincis Group Director of Fleet & Engineering Martin Whittaker said: “This agreement secures engineering support for a significant part of our global helicopter fleet. Every day, lives and livelihoods depend on the operations we fly. We are pleased to be able to strengthen our relationship with Turbomeca and look forward to continuing to build our partnership in future.”
Headquartered in theUK, the Group provides central resources, global standards and systems and expertise to its 13 local operating companies who operate a fleet of around 350 aircraft. Last year the group flew over 108,500 hours, conducted over 50,600 emergency health care missions, rescued more than 8,600 people at sea or on mountains, helped to put out over 7,800 fires and carried more than 175,900 passengers in the oil and gas industries.
Turbomeca (Safran) is the leading helicopter engine manufacturer, and has produced 70,000 turbines based on its own designs since the company was founded. Offering the widest range of engines in the world and dedicated to 2,500 customers in 155 countries, Turbomeca provides a proximity service thanks to its 17 sites, 28 Certified Maintenance Centers, 18 Repair & Overhaul Centers, and 90 Field representatives and Field technicians. Microturbo, the subsidiary of Turbomeca, is the European leader in turbojet engines for missiles, drones and auxiliary power units.
This contract will cover all the Turbomeca engines in Phoenix Heli-Flight fleet.
This contract covers 60 Makila 2 engines powering CHC EC 225 helicopters used for offshore missions, notably in North Sea and Black Sea regions, Nigeria and Australia.
The partnership includes the launch of a unique Support by the Hour (SBH®) program.